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Govt to equip technical, vocational schools in the country—Upper East Regional Minister

Government is committed to providing infrastructure and equipping technical and vocational schools with tools to enable them produce the required man power for the country’s development.

 

Government is also focused on establishing a youth enterprise fund that will provide funding and tax incentives to young entrepreneurs and business development services to encourage the youth initiate start-ups.

 

The acting Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, said this on Saturday when he joined the Chiefs and people of Bongo traditional area in the Upper East Region to celebrate their annual Azambene festival.

 

The festival is celebrated annually by the chiefs and people of Bongo to remember the journey their great grandfather embarked on from Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region to their present location in Upper East several decades ago.

 

Mr Adongo noted that the theme for the festival “Supporting Education and Protecting the Environment through Culture; the Role of the Community,” resonates with the Paramount Chief of Bonga, Naba Baba Salifu A. Lemyaarum, call on the people to embrace education and protect their environment.

 

He said there was the need for a strong re-orientation of the people, especially the youth to appreciate the wealth of their own tradition and culture as handed down from generations. The Acting Regional Minister stressed that, “this is the surest way to preserve our culture from the seeming invasion of foreign cultures and the erroneous impression that everything from the western world was good for us as a people.”

 

Naba Baba Salifu A. Lemyaarum, who is also an environmentalist, had earlier said global warming was real and urged the people to take effective measures to sustain and improve the environment. He noted that aside natural factors, man-made disruptions to the ecosystem could cause extinction of many species of plants, animals and trees among others which might in turn threaten human existence.

 

The Paramount Chief said the festival served as a platform for public education on important issues of national and local interests, communal interactions and cohesion amongst the local communities. It also serves as a home-coming for sons and daughters from the area who are in the diaspora. Others see it as an occasion for families to re-unite and give thanks to God for a bumper harvest.

 

The BoNaba urged government to absorb Azeem-Namoo SHS, Bongo-Soe SHS, Bongo-Beo Senior High Technical School, Balungu Technical Institute and Bongo Community Development Vocational, which are all community based schools. The absorption, he hoped, would give these schools better and adequate infrastructure as well as human resource to function efficiently.

 

For his part, the Bongo District Chief Executive, Mr Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga, said the vision of government to build a Ghana Beyond Aid cannot be achieved without the support of the chiefs, queen mothers and other selfless stakeholders in the country. He reaffirmed government’s commitment in investing massively in the country’s educational sector and mentioned the Free SHS programme and provision of school infrastructure as proof of this.

 

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)